Star Jones Divorce Shock: Files Papers After 3.5 Years

05/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Entertainment Tonight reports:
Star Jones (46) has filed for divorce from husband of three-and-a-half years Al Reynolds (39). The filing took place on March 26 in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan. Starlet M. Jones versus Al S. Reynolds was marked as an "Uncontested Matrimonial" case by the court and the records were sealed.

In a statement, the former View co-host says, "Several years ago I made an error in judgment by inviting the media into the most intimate area of my life. A month ago I filed for divorce. The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone's life that requires privacy with one's thoughts. I have committed myself to handling this situation with dignity and grace and look forward to emerging from this period as a stronger and wiser woman."

Yesterday, New York divorce attorney Stanford Lotwin (who worked on the high profile divorces of Howard Stern, Donald Trump and Diana Ross among others) filed a notice of appearance with the courts. Upon learning of the filing, ET producers discovered the original divorce decree.

Jones married Al Reynolds at Saint Bartholomew's Church in New York City on November 13, 2004. The wedding was an extravagant affair with 500 hundred guests, three matrons of honors, 12 bridesmaids and four flower girls. The lavish nuptials came under scrutiny when Star discussed her wedding's sponsors at length on her ABC show.

Star Jones was born Starlet Marie Jones in Badin, North Carolina. An attorney, she began her broadcasting career as a commentator on Court TV for the William Kennedy Smith rape trial and spent several years as a legal correspondent for NBC's The Today Show. She joined The View in 1997 and on June 27, 2006 announced she would be leaving the show. Most recently, Jones hosted her own show on cable's truTV (formerly Court TV). She has authored two books: You Have To Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything and Shine.

The pair got engaged at the 2004 NBA all-star game, seen here: